CIA: Director Panetta not eager to swap jobs

April 8, 2011 02:50

WASHINGTON - Leon Panetta is happy as CIA director and has not been asked by US President Barack Obama to consider changing jobs, the agency said on Thursday, as speculation swirled over changes in top US security posts.

Robert Gates has made clear he plans to step down as defense secretary this year and the military's top officer is expected to retire, prompting speculation about who will move where in Obama's impending reshuffle of military and intelligence chiefs.

One scenario being speculated has Panetta -- who turns 73 in June -- replacing Gates and the director's office on the seventh floor of CIA headquarters being taken over by General David Petraeus, the US commander in Afghanistan.

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